Constipation is one of the most common digestive disease issues that affects more than 15 percent of the population annually. Constipation is characterized by the inability to have a bowel movement or having fewer than three in a week.
If chronic constipation is left untreated, it can lead to more serious conditions such as anal fissures, fecal impaction and hemorrhoids. Constipation can also indicate you may have a more serious condition that needs to be evaluated by your doctor.
Your primary care doctor can diagnose constipation during a physical exam. The physician may perform a digital rectal exam or order diagnostic tests .
exams the lower part of the colon.
used to examine the colon.
Measures how well the muscles in the anus work to remove bowel movements
Determines how quickly you can push a balloon filled with water out of the rectum.
A device is swallowed that is used to look for functional problems in the colon.